CC-Crystal to host fundraising football game

By Chip Burch • Last Updated 9:43 am on Wednesday, July 11, 2012

CARSON CITY — When Carson City-Crystal hosts Vestaburg on September 14, the Eagles and Wolverines will be wearing special uniforms.

The teams will be wearing uniforms that will raise funds for veterans of Montcalm County. This is the first year of the “Salute Our Soldiers” game for CC-Crystal, according to event co-organizer and varsity football coach Jason Gray.

“We’re inviting all of our local men and women who have served in the military to the game and we are going to honor them,” Gray said.

The entire day will be busy, Gray noted.

“We’re going to have events going on after school that day,” he said. “We’re going to have a pep rally with the kids, we’re selling T-shirts and all the money raised will be donated to the Veterans Trust Fund of Montcalm County.”

The reason for the event is “it’s just our way of thanking the men and women for their service and to help them out,” Gray said.

The idea to do the fundraiser came from others who were raising funds for cancer research. Gray wanted to do something a little different.

“A lot of people are familiar with the Wounded Warrior project and that was what initially put it into my mind of honoring the men and women of our service,” he said. “We wanted the funds to stay local. With the Wounded Warrior project, their funds are dispersed across the country, which is awesome because then you’re able to help out people across the country. We wanted to focus on our local men and women in Montcalm County.”

Gray isn’t hoping for a certain amount of money to be raised from the event.

“We just want to raise as much as we possibly can,” he said. “I know in talking with our local men and women they’re going to be appreciative of what we raise. 100 percent of what we raise is being donated but we haven’t sit down as a committee and set a goal.”

Gray said the money will come from T-shirts, sponsorships and events going on during the game.

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